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ENG213 Midterm Information

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Midterm Examination 1
October 4, 2011
6. 15–9.00
INSTRUCTION: This is a three–part, one–hundred–and–sixty–minute, examination.
Parts One and Two are closed–book (no notes, books of any kind, electronic gadgets,
etc. allowed), while Part Three is open–book (no electronic gadgets allowed). Parts
One and Two will be administered first, and Part Three last. Answer booklets will be
provided. Please write with (blue or black) pens only. NOTE: the examination will
begin at exactly 6.15 pm, and there will be no accommodation for arriving late.
PART ONE: Short answer questions (5 % each, 20%; 15 min.)
Instruction: You will be give about ten literary terms we have used to discuss short
fiction in this course, and invited to define only four. To get full marks, you must
avoid guesswork. Instead, be precise and, where possible, use examples.
PART TWO: Comprehension (30%, 30 minutes)
Instruction: The purpose of this section is to test your understanding of the stories
we have studied in class – Gogol, Hsun, Achebe, and Gilman – so far. To prepare, you
must read each story carefully and, perhaps, more than once. You will be given
passages from all of them and invited to answer only one. Before you answer a
question, please read it carefully to make sure you understand it. Please note: you
cannot answer the question by paraphrasing or summarizing the story. Answers that
merely paraphrase or summarize the stories will receive 0%.
PART THREE: Short Essay (50%, 120 minutes)
Instruction: All questions in this section will be based on Tagore’s “The Living and
the Dead and Gordimers “Dreaming of the Dead. Answer only one question.
Detailed analysis of the story/stories is required. Be sure to have a clear thesis
statement or question in your introduction, to develop it logically into a coherent
argument, to base your argument on a close–reading of the stories, and to illustrate
your points with relevant examples. PLEASE NOTE: The criteria for evaluating your
essay are as follows: Content (60), Form and Structure (20), and Writing (20). Poorly
written essays will receive the marks they deserve on the basis of these criteria.
1. A question that draws on Nadine Gordimer definition of the short story.
2. A question that on narration in Tagore’s “The Living and the Dead” and
Gordimer’s “Dreaming of the Dead.”
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